July 2014 News, Reviews & Interviews

Theatre in London’s West End and Off-West End: July 2014

July 2014 was a dynamic month for London’s theatre scene, with the West End offering a vibrant mix of classic hits and new spectacles, while the Off-West End brimmed with innovative productions and cutting-edge performances that captured the essence of London’s theatrical diversity.

West End Highlights

1. Musical Extravaganzas:

  • “Miss Saigon” at the Prince Edward Theatre continued its triumphant run, captivating audiences with its poignant love story and stunning visual effects, proving to be a summer favorite.
  • “Matilda the Musical” at the Cambridge Theatre enchanted with its whimsical storytelling and catchy tunes, showcasing the extraordinary talents of its young cast.

2. New Arrivals and Classics:

  • “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at the Gielgud Theatre wowed with its innovative staging and compelling adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel, offering a unique theatrical experience through its immersive and multimedia approach.
  • “The Crucible” at the Old Vic, starring Richard Armitage, brought Arthur Miller’s timeless play to life with a powerful and gripping performance that resonated deeply with contemporary audiences.

3. Celebrity Showcases:

  • “Skylight” at the Wyndham’s Theatre continued to draw crowds with Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy’s stellar performances, receiving critical acclaim for its profound exploration of personal and political conflicts.

Off-West End Highlights

1. Fringe Innovation:

  • “The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable” by Punchdrunk at Temple Studios remained a highlight of the immersive theatre scene, inviting audiences to wander through a sprawling, dreamlike world and uncover its secrets.
  • “The Nether” at the Royal Court Theatre provided a thought-provoking exploration of virtual reality and morality, combining powerful performances with a gripping narrative that left audiences reflecting on the implications of a digital future.

2. Fresh and Experimental:

  • “Boys” at the Bush Theatre presented an intense and raw portrayal of friendship and masculinity, showcasing the theatre’s commitment to bold and contemporary storytelling.
  • “Pests” at the Royal Court Theatre offered a stark and gritty look at life on the margins, highlighting issues of addiction and sisterhood with unflinching realism and emotional depth.

3. Emerging Talent:

  • “Incognito” at the Bush Theatre continued to impress with its complex and thought-provoking exploration of memory and identity, demonstrating the Bush Theatre’s role as a crucible for new and innovative playwrights.
  • “Secret Theatre” at the Lyric Hammersmith kept audiences on their toes with its unpredictable and genre-defying performances, further solidifying the Lyric’s reputation as a hub for daring and experimental theatre.

In July 2014, London’s West End dazzled with a rich array of musicals and powerful dramas, while the Off-West End thrived with boundary-pushing and provocative productions, making the city an unparalleled destination for theatre enthusiasts and a beacon of artistic innovation.

July 2014 News, Reviews & Interviews

Jamie Lloyd’s Urinetown in West End transfer
Dame Judi Dench announced as Patron for Revolve Theatre Company
Sunny Afternoon Tickets London West End
West End Transfer for Nicholas Hytner’s production of Great Britain
Review of Richard III at St Paul’s Church – The Actor’s Church
Return to the Forbidden Planet UK Tour 2015
Then Silence by Arne Lygre at Tristan Bates Theatre
Oh What a Lovely War Theatre Royal Stratford East and on Tour
Who are we? How well do you know West End Cast?
Cynthia Erivo returns to West End to play Dessa Rose
George Orwell’s Animal Farm at Newham City Farm
Time for the disrespectful use of mobile devices in theatres to stop?
Review of WOT? No Fish!! at Battersea Arts Centre
Review of Dumbstruck by Fine Chisel Theatre Company
UK premiere of See Rock City and Other Destinations
The Great British Musicals in Concert
The Chrysalis Club at Wilton’s Music Hall
Pride and Prejudice at Salisbury Playhouse and UK Tour
Cast Announced for Edges in The Delfont Room
JOSIE LAWRENCE as Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Daniel and Laura Curtis at Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room
The Roundhouse Poetry Slam
Yve Blake & Co present THEN Soho Theatre Upstairs
Review of Daytona at Theatre Royal Haymarket
Review of The Diaghilev Festival at London Coliseum
Ollie Jochim is 38th lead role in Billy Elliot The Musical in West End
The Book of Mormon London Cast update July 2014
Congratulations Dr Sheridan Smith after University of Hull honour
The Cast of EDGES at The Delfont Room Prince of Wales Theatre
Casting announced for Frantic Assembly’s OTHELLO
The Godot Company in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot
The Follow Spot: DUETS with Oliver Tompsett and Rachael Wooding
Joan Collins back in the West End at Leicester Square Theatre
Wilton’s announce full line-up for three day dance festival
Transformed Festival Theatre Chichester reopens…
Review of The Importance of Being Earnest Harold Pinter Theatre
Video clip of World Premiere Production of Shakespeare In Love
Review of Whistleblower the story of Edward Snowden
Review of Natural Affection at Jermyn Street Theatre
Review of Mummenschanz The Musicians of Silence Peacock Theatre
Review of The Sonneteer at The Landor Theatre
60th Anniversary Tour of The Mousetrap extends to December 2014
Craige Els is the new Miss Trunchbull in Matilda The Musical
The Rose Playhouse Bankside presents HENRY IV part I
Off West End premiere of GRIM – A New Musical
David Baddiel’s THE INFIDEL THE MUSICAL fully cast Theatre Royal Stratford East
Watch rehearsals for Dogfight Southwark Playhouse
Cast announced for To Kill a Mocking Bird at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and UK Tour
David Bedella and Sarah Ingram cast as Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett
BALLETBOYZ Roundhouse live streaming rehearsals
Review of Shakespeare In Love at the Noel Coward Theatre
Theatre Producer Receives Honorary Award
The Liberation of Colette Simple at Jacksons Lane Theatre
Oliver Dench in One Man Hamlet by Revolve Theatre Company Henley
Interview with Charlie Blackwood
Review of The Nether at The Royal Court Theatre
It is official! Liam Mower to make appearance in Billy Elliot The Musical
Review of BEING PATIENT at Rosemary Branch Theatre
TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES 1999 West End Musical Released on CD
Review of Skylight at Wyndham’s Theatre
Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Theatre Ad Infinitum and LIGHT for deaf and hearing audiences
Summary text from The London Theatre Report 2014
Review of Drag King Richard III at Riverside Studios
19-year-old Gavi Singh Chera professional stage debut…
Duets with Oliver Tompsett and Rachel Wooding
Barbican announce £10 seats for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet
Johnny Partridge debut album DAMES, DUDES + COWBOYS TOO
Trailer: Into The Woods starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and more
West End Charity Sports Day for The Tuloy Foundation in Manila


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